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What exactly is grip solvent ?

Discussion in 'Golf Equipment Talk' started by FKA19, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. FKA19

    FKA19 winter ho'in

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    Idiot question but ....What is it? Is it an everyday household product? I think at my club they use pain-thinner but I'm really not sure. What do you use ?
  2. ualtim

    ualtim Orlando, FL

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    Grip solvent is, well, grip solvent. Golfsmith and Golfworks sell it.
  3. Topflite_D2

    Topflite_D2 Titleist Pro V1

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    I have some of this grip tape that is activated by water and soap how awesome is that.
  4. MIKE1218

    MIKE1218 Top Bloke

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    FOOLS lol. I use a compressor, no need for solvent.
  5. Topflite_D2

    Topflite_D2 Titleist Pro V1

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    Me too I don't even use tape and my grips don't turn.
  6. limpalong

    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    I use either mineral spirits or charcoal lighter fluid. Either work quite well with the traditional grip tape.
  7. Topflite_D2

    Topflite_D2 Titleist Pro V1

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    The Charcoal lighter fluid must smell real great. :ugly25: :needpics: Jk :laugh:
  8. ThatCanadianGuy

    ThatCanadianGuy eh?

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    Craig, the solvent is just used to slip the grip over the tape. It dries and then the grip sticks to the 2 sided tape.

    I use paint thinner in the shop now, after I told the pro to get rid of the gas he was using.

    Put paint thinner in a spray bottle I find that works best.

    JS
  9. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    Mineral Spirits.
  10. Clugnut

    Clugnut Gimme some roombas!

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    To the original question, I think it is just a mineral spirit with a more pleasant smell. I don't really know, its been a while since I used it. (Air compressor, baby!)
  11. MGP

    MGP Clubmaking Ho Supporting Member

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    I still prefer to use grip solvent (I use the stuff from Golfsmith) for a variety of reasons:

    1) It's non-flammable. I really don't want to blow up my basement workshop (or at least start a nice fire). :D

    2) It smells nice as it's a citrus based solvent.

    3) It works great for cleaning epoxy from shafts, hosels and ferrules when doing shafting work. It also works great for removing shaft stickers and adhesive residue.

    Since it doesn't cost any more than mineral spirits or lighter fluid I can't really see using something flammable when you don't have to.
  12. indacup

    indacup Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I use air also...but there are times where solvent is needed...the "Labeled" solvents as mentioned are a bit safer...usualy are of mostly a blend of Napthia.

    However, we go to Wal-Mart and buy lamp oil for pennies on the dollar and you get to choose the aroma!
  13. big_greasy_taco

    big_greasy_taco Well-Known Member

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    Windex (or any glass cleaner) works well too. no need to go buy special stuff!
  14. Wi-Golfer

    Wi-Golfer Golfer on hiatus. Supporting Member

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    Air compressor & a small amount of water. Grips slide right on & stay on.
  15. FKA19

    FKA19 winter ho'in

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    Joel, I know WHAT the solvent does and how to use it. I do my grips at the club all the time i just wanted to know what everyone used.
    Thanks everyone, I'll probably just use paint thinner as that's what I've used at my club before and know how it works.
  16. ThatCanadianGuy

    ThatCanadianGuy eh?

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    No need to get all snooty about it.:laugh:


    lol

    I was just laying it out real slow so you could understand it. We all know you're from Ontario.:rolleyes:
  17. RickinMA

    RickinMA Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    golfsmith catalog showed up in the mail yesterday and naturally, I had to flip through it

    on the grip tape / grip solvent page, I noticed they're selling grip solvent for water-activated grip tape. I just don't get it - can anyone tell me what's in this little $3 bottle if the tape is activated by WATER? or more importantly, why anyone would buy this product?
  18. swartzd

    swartzd Well-Known Member

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    What's the air compressor method? Never heard of that.

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